Book Reviews

Book cover of "The Death of Public School" by Cara Fitzpatrick

Enjoy the Game, but Turn Down the Sound

Useful history of school choice exaggerates threat to public education
Book cover of "The Science of Reading" by Adrian Johns

The Evolving Science of How We Read

Survey has lots about eye-movement measurement, less about comprehension
Book cover of "Duck and Cover"

Why Do Schools Cling to ‘Stupid’ Ideas?

Two education scholars explore that question in a new book
A person stands in front of two Mark Rothko paintings

Think Deep, Aim High

A grand vision of American education, with scant practical advice
Book cover of "The Teachers: A Year Inside America’s Most Vulnerable, Important Profession"

A Distorted Lens on the Teaching Profession

Though a few themes do ring particularly true
Book cover of How Policies Make Interest Groups by Michael T. Hartney

How Teachers Unions Became a Political Powerhouse

A nuanced look at the role of unions in education policy
Natasha Lance Rogoff appears on set as producer of Ulitza Sesam in Moscow.

How to Get to Sesame Street—in 1990s Russia

A tale of perseverance, flexibility, and the conviction that a children’s show could matter for kids in a land of oppression
Book cover of Take Back the Game by Linda Flanagan

Resisting the Youth Sports Industrial Complex

Children’s sports are corrupted, but parents don’t have to play along
Book cover of "Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning Is Hard and How You Can Make It Easy" by Daniel T. Willingham

Tip 39: Don’t Cram

And other techniques for successful learning
Interior of a classroom

Give Boys an Extra Year of School, a New Book Suggests

A possible solution to striking educational gaps


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